dressmaking: intermediate garments

When you're ready to tackle a more ambitious project and expand your sewing repertoire, having an experienced instructor on hand will help you to complete a garment to a standard you're happy with.


Skill Level: Intermediate 

This sewing class is aimed at students who've progressed beyond basic skills and are wanting to learn techniques to complete quality, professional-looking garments using commercial patterns. Many students work on a dress. Ready to get started?


Classes & Cost

20 hours tuition / $395

We aim to provide as much flexibility as possible with our dressmaking courses and offer 5 week Thursday daytime courses and 8 week Thursday evening courses.

Next daytime classes:
29 August - 26 September, 2019

Next evening class:
1 Aug -19 Sept, 2019



This class is open to everyone: home sewers, hobbyists and professionals. It's also available as part of the Professional Program or HSC Textiles Program.

dressmaking intermediate garments course details

This dressmaking course is designed for intermediate and advanced sewers who want to learn how to fit and sew a more complex commercial pattern.

Suggested garments that students would undertake include a shirt with a collar and sleeves, a dress with sleeves, or tailored pants with pockets. This is a follow-on from the beginners’ course and basic sewing skills are assumed for these courses.

what you'll learn

  • Quality equipment selection

  • Haberdashery requirements for sewing

  • Appropriate fabric selection

  • Pattern styles for figure types

  • What correct garment fit entails

  • Fabric pre-shrinking, layout and pattern making/cutting

  • Machine treading and bobbin winding

  • Advanced sewing techniques including:

    • collars

    • cuffs

    • pockets

    • waistbands

    • zippers, including invisible zips

    • ease stitching and gathering

    • topstitching

    • button holes

    • facings

    • hand finishing and hand hemming


More information

Please feel free to email or call us on 02 9449 1450 and we'd be happy to provide more information or tailor a program for you.

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There's nothing we love more than to see our students work in progress or finished creations!